The MAKE Initiative is a series of efforts to transform education and create a solid pipeline of makers and innovators from the middle school years through profession for students of diverse interests and career aspirations.
The Polytechnic School is creating a new higher education experience - one that focuses on learning through making and solving real-world challenges through collaboration. Our students and faculty are innovators and entrepreneurs in engineering and computing, human and environmental systems, and business disciplines. They are united by a shared passion to change the world through making innovative ideas happen. Learn more
Our model has been recognized by the National Academies of Engineering for its hands-on instructional model and unique maker spaces and prototyping facilities.
The Polytechnic School works with high school students and teachers to build making and innovating into the high school experience.
The Make Your Ideas Happen High School Workshop Series provides teams of high school students with an opportunity to collaborate and make bold ideas happen. Students can be entrepreneurs and make a new product, service or business model; they can be innovators and create a solution to an educational, civic economic or social challenge; and, they can be inventors and pursue their ideas, all while leveraging expert mentoring and our production/prototyping facilities. Learn more
Maker Clubs are after-school extracurricular activities offered for high school students, with activity driven by students under the mentorship of experts. The clubs allow participating students to develop creative and critical thinking skills and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. High school students have the unique opportunity to receive mentoring from current students and participate in a program of activities designed to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship, innovation and the design process. Learn more
Students grades 6-12 can create, tinker and imagine new ideas in this unique week-long summer camp. Students learn to use technology, including rapid prototyping equipment, to make their ideas real. Hands-on learning inside a fully equipped lab offers students the chance to learn new making and building skills. Maker camps are led by faculty member Micah Lande, assistant professor and graduate of the Stanford D School, along with student Maker Corps members. Learn more
The Polytechnic School in the Fulton Schools of Engineering creates opportunities for students of all majors to be makers and innovators.
Series The MAKE class series is a sequence of three one-credit project-based courses in which teams of ASU students from any major or discipline collaborate to make bold ideas happen. Students can be entrepreneurs and make a new product, service or business model; they can be innovators and create a solution to an educational, civic economic or social challenge; and, they can be inventors and pursue their ideas, all while leveraging expert mentoring and production/prototyping facilities. Learn more
Startup Labs is a 15,000+ square foot facility where students learn, make and launch new ideas. Startup Labs was constructed with walls made of dry erase boards and outfitted with bright, comfortable furniture, making it an ideal space for brainstorming. Startup Labs visitors can benefit from access to and training on a variety of prototyping equipment, including a CNC machine, laser cutter, and 3-D printer, among other fabrication tools. Learn more
Launching in fall 2013, Startup Village will be a residential community based at the Polytechnic campus for ASU student entrepreneurs of all majors who wish to live and work in a unique environment that promotes their startups’ success. Student residents enjoy living in two-bedroom homes, complete with a home office and ideation room, and benefit from the advice of expert faculty and successful entrepreneurs and innovators across a wide variety of industries. Residents have nearby access to the Polytechnic School's Startup Labs for prototyping needs. Learn more